OPCW holds training on Article X of CWC in Republic of Congo

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons co-organized a basic and advanced training course in chemical weapons assistance and preparation on June 2-13 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

The OPCW worked with the Republic of Congo's National Authority to set up the course, which is the first stage of a pilot project to strengthen protective capabilities in the Central African subregion. The event was conducted under the Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa.

Twenty-nine first responders from five Central African states parties took part in the event. The represented states parties included Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Burundi.

The course facilitated the exchange of information and best practices related to implementation of Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention. According to Article X, each state party has the right to participate in the exchange of equipment, material, scientific information and technological information related to protection against chemical weapons. The article also said that parties may provide assistance through the OPCW in the areas of detection equipment, protective equipment, decontamination equipment, medical antidotes and advice on using the protective measures.

The OPCW conducted the course with financial support from the European Union and technical and material support from the NBC-DEMUNEX Centre of Competence of the Swiss Army.